South Korea Sociocultural Report

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South Korea is located in Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the East Sea and the Yellow Sea and Seoul is the capital (Kwintessential, 2008). There are very significant cultural difference between South Korea and United States that are important to understand and accommodate. A significant portion of these differences have at their root a very clearly defined power structure. Issues of respect also tend to stem from this power structure, and it is key to understand this.

In the present presentation we are going to information about South Korea as:Local customs.

Culture and Ideological beliefs.

Business Habits.

Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and Stability.

And the Most significant differences that may affect business interaction.

Close attention to this information can help to have a successful transaction when doing business with South Korea companies.

The Kwintessential website (2008) informed the following:South Koreans greetings follow strict rules of protocol.

They shake hands with expatriates after the bow, thereby blending both cultural styles.

The person of lower status bows to the person of higher status, yet it is the most senior person who initiates the handshake.

The person who initiates the bow says, "man-na-suh pan-gop-sumnida", which means "pleased to meet you."Information about the other person will be given to the person they are being introduced to in advance of the actual meeting.

Wait to be introduced at a social gathering.

When you leave a social gathering, say good-bye and bow to each person individually.

Gifts express a great deal about a relationship and are always reciprocated.

It is inconsiderate to give someone an expensive gift if you know that they cannot afford to reciprocate accordingly.

Bring fruit or good quality chocolates or flowers if invited to a Korean's home.

Gifts should be wrapped nicely.

The number 4 is considered unlucky, so gifts should not be given in multiples of 4, but giving 7 of an item is considered lucky.

Wrap gifts in red or yellow paper, since these are royal colors. Alternatively, use yellow or pink paper since they denote happiness. Do not wrap gifts in green, white, or black paper. Do not sign a card in red ink.

Use both hands when offering a gift.

Gifts are not opened when received.

If you are invited to a South Korean's house:It is common for guests to meet at a common spot and travel together.

You may arrive up to 30 minutes late without giving offence.

Remove your shoes before entering the house.

The hosts greet each guest individually.

The host pours drinks for the guests in their presence. The hostess does not pour drinks.

The hosts usually accompany guests to the gate or to their car because they believe that it is insulting to wish your guests farewell indoors.

Wait to be told where to sit. There is often a strict protocol to be followed.

The eldest are served first. The oldest or most senior person is the one who starts the eating process.

Never point your chopsticks.

Do not pierce your food with chopsticks.

Chopsticks should be returned to the table after every few bites and when you drink or stop to speak.

Do not cross your chopsticks when putting them on the chopstick rest.

Do not pick up food with your hands. Fruit should be speared with a toothpick.

Bones and shells should be put on the table or an extra plate.

Try a little bit of everything. It is acceptable to ask what something is.

Refuse the first offer of second helpings.

Finish everything on your plate.

Indicate you are finished eating by placing your chopsticks on the chopstick rest or on the table. Never place them parallel across your rice bowl.

Always send a thank you note the following day after being invited to dinner.

By the Kwintessential website (2008) South Korea culture is based:The family is the most important part of Korean life.

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